Completed Wetland Restoration Projects
Kingman Lake Wetland Restoration:
This project was completed in 2000 in partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The goal of this project was to restore over 40 acres of freshwater tidal wetlands in the Kingman Lake area in order to increase plant and animal diversity and improve the filtering capacity of the Anacostia.
Monitoring was conducted by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for five years and was analyzed in the context of other wetlands that have been restored in Kenilworth Park. Funding for this project was cost shared by the USACE and DOEE.
River Fringe Wetland Restoration:
The goal of this project was to restore 17 acres of freshwater tidal wetlands along the shores of the Anacostia River adjacent to Kingman Island. As with the Kingman Lake wetlands, these wetlands will increase the number of beneficial plants and fish in the river and will improve water quality of the Anacostia River. Construction was completed in the fall of 2003. Monitoring is being conducted by DOEE and USGS and will continue for a total of five years. The funding for this project was cost shared by the USACE and DDOE.
Heritage Wetland Restoration Project:
The goal of this project was to create six acres of high to mid freshwater marsh in Kingman Lake. The species of plants planted included a high percentage of shrubs such as Button Bush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), Swamp rose (Rosa palustris), Marsh mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) and other mid marsh species that are generally non palatable to the high number of exotic, non-native resident Canada geese that reside in the area. An additional goal of this project was to create tidal guts adjacent to the wetland cells for fish and non-motorized watercraft passage. This project was completed in 2006 and funding was shared by DOEE and USACE. Monitoring is being conducted by DOEE and USGS.
Native hibiscus shrubs bring color to the Heritage wetland. The Pepco power facility is very close by.
The Heritage wetland project about 2 months after planting. RFK stadium is in the background.